Withered - Dualitas

You’ll find a greater sense of dynamic space, sharper songwriting, and plenty of killer half-speed riffs on crusty blackened death ’n’ doom crew Withered’s third album Dualitas. It’s a powerful, effective upgrade on their usually unrelentingly claustrophobic sound, one you may have suspected during the sludgier second half of the otherwise blistering Metal Swim-associated opener “Extinguished With The Weary.” When writing about the Atlanta quartet’s 2008′s Barney Greenway-assisted Folie Circulaire, I mentioned it “buil[t] upon and further darken[ed] and deepen[ed] the sounds of their 2005 debut Memento Mori, giving off a bigger, more progressive punch.” True. It also closed with a cover of classic Swedish crew Necrophobic’s “Into Armageddon,” so we’re not talking too too progressive. You’ll find a continuation of that kind of tr00 growth on Dualitas, not just in the wide-open structures and calming atmospherics, but in the continually deeper, richer sounds. (Kudos to producer/Kylesa member Philip Cope.) If you want to see what I’m talking about, listen to Dualitas from that previously mentioned hailstorm to the slow industrial grind of the “Outro.”

UPDATE: Stream removed at request of label.

Dualitas is out 10/26 via Prosthetic. Paul Romano again did the artwork. They’re on tour, often with Danzig:

10/24 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse *
10/25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre #
10/26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory *
10/27 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village #
10/29 – San Antonio, TX @ San Antonio Live #
10/30 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse #
10/31 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium #
11/02 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium #
11/03 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five #
11/04 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom #
11/05 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa # *
11/06 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater #
11/07 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater #
11/08 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews *
11/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze #
11/10 – Fargo, ND @ The Venue #
11/11 – Rapid City, SD @ Sports Rock *
11/12 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater #
11/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vertigo *
11/14 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House #
11/15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO #
11/16 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater #
11/17 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater #
11/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside *
11/18 – Sparks, NV @ The New Oasis *
11/20 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove #
11/22 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar %
11/23 – Windsor, ON @ Chubby Pickle %
11/24 – London, ON @ London Music Hall %
11/25 – Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe %
11/26 – Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh %
11/27 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall %
11/28 – New Haven, CT @ Lily’s Pad at Toad’s Place %
11/29 – Frederick, MD @ Krug’s Place %
11/30 – Greensboro, NC @ Legitimate Business %
12/02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory %
12/03 – Denton, TX @ Rubbergloves Rehearsal %
12/04 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 %

# w/ Danzig, Marduk, Possessed, Toxic Holocaust
* No Danzig
% w/ Skeletonwitch & Landmine Marathon

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  1. Scared the wife away from this room. Good album though. You’re right about the half-speed parts. Love it.

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